Violence is not the answer. Activism is.
And his murderous rage was aimed at black people.
If anyone is saying that change is impossible, they are being drowned out by those calling out, specifically, for ways to bring ourselves into full American citizenship -- the rights and privileges that we've been fighting for, continuously, since emancipation. The ones that immigrants have fought for since arrival.
Once black issues stop being black issues, once Latino issues stop being Latino issues -- when they're just issues -- that's we have something. I preach to everyone, go outside your demographic and join their struggle. Even if it's not at your front door. Show them you're there.
I don't want to pray for Charleston. I can't. I am an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, yet, prayer doesn't seem like enough. I need action. To my white Christian brethren, I don't need for you to tell me how angry you are. I need you to tell your white friends.